Painting faces

My plan for the trio of canvases I collaged the other day was to make a backdrop to practice face painting on. I’ve always shied away from painting faces … mainly due to a lack of confidence. Although I took plenty of art classes in high school, I didn’t have a lot of luck sketching. I’ve been watching YouTube videos and studying what I can, …

Some time to collage

So Ella did something totally unexpected – she took a nap (it’s been 2 hours and she’s still sleeping!) – so I took the opportunity to get a little crafty. I had three 8×10 inch canvas boards that I had been wanting to turn into mixed media paintings after watching a tutorial on YouTube by an artist I like – Toni Burt. You can check …

Ella – 10 months

I cannot believe Ella is two months away from being 1 year old – time has gone so fast! Ella is a riot to be around … so bubbly and happy, she always make me smile. Every day I’m reminded of what pure joy feels like. I never want to let that feeling go. Ella is 19 lbs and 28.5 inches long. She has two …

New Coffee Mug

About seven years ago, I bought a coffee mug for my morning coffee. It is designed to be customized and came with a template to decorate the way you wanted. At the time, I used a scrapbook effect of pages torn from a fashion magazine – graphic pops of pink color and large letters, sketches of dresses. I’ve used this mug everyday for my coffee …

Jennadesigns on Etsy is open

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to re-open my Etsy shop. I have been a seller since way back when Etsy started, first opening my shop in 2008. I sold through it and a second shop – Jenna’s Attic – all through nursing school and it helped pay for quite a bit of school. However, after I graduated, it sat vacant. Lately, I’ve been …

Vintage camera collection back on display

  Despite having lived in this house for more than two years, I had yet to put anything besides two mirrors up on the wall. The main reason for this was because I didn’t want to deal with having to drill holes first and figuring out what wall anchor to use as the walls are lathe and plaster. I’m used to dealing with drywall. Part …

Ella – nine months old

Ella had her 9 month check up today and she’s growing great. She weighed in at 18 lbs 6.5 oz. (55th percentile), 27 inches tall (25th percentile) and had a head circumference of 44 cm (55th percentile). Physically, Ella is a little beyond where your typical baby would be for her age. She is pulling up and standing quite well. She cruises along the couch, …

Painting again

Hannah requested a mommy and me day where we could paint together and since she had a day off school today, I thought I would make that happen. I’ve had this large canvas in the basement for years, planned for a picture above our bed in the master bedroom but I never got around to doing anything with it. So, I unwrapped it and got …

Ella’s corner

I finally finished up the Ella letters for above her crib and thought I’d post a picture of the finished product. They were super easy to make – I just painted the sides a light pink and once that dried, traced the letters onto scrapbook paper that I loved. I cut them out and Modge Podge’d them onto the cardstock letters. I mounted them to …

Ella – 8 months old

We officially have a mover on our hands – just shy of her 8 month birthday, Ella figured out how to crawl! She’s also just started pulling herself up on things a couple of days ago. She’s getting so big so fast. It’s been a challenge baby-proofing the house … there is just so much stuff for her to get into and she’s everywhere! Ella …